Greetings, Zoners! It’s been… well, way too long since I did one of these. I was grateful that this was a break week for the show, because quite honestly I needed a quiet week myself to recover from my cousin’s wedding and
a pretty mean hangover a very bad cold. After sleeping for half the day today, I feel a little more like myself, and ready to tackle all the Colbertocentric news that’s been piling up in my inbox. Not a minute too soon, either, because some of these news items were starting to get a little dry and shriveled around the edges. So just in time for the show’s return on Monday, I present your zeitgeist for October 24th.
A Colbert Christmas
- Pre-Order A Colbert Christmas – Comedy Central Insider blog: It’s eight days before Halloween, and that can only mean one thing: Time to start your holiday shopping. And this year, there’s no better way to say “Happy 2009th!” to God’s only begotten son than by pre-ordering A Colbert Christmas on iTunes. (Expected release date November 23, 2009; price: $9.99)
- Meet Stephen Colbert on the set of The Colbert Report: Bids are currently being accepted for four VIP tickets to a TCR taping, a backstage tour, and a meet & greet with Stephen Colbert. Bidding ends on Oct. 28th; the current high bid is $550. The auction is part of the Chevy Chase Green School Auction, and benefits the Green Community Schools initiative, which you can read about here.
- The Learning Network’s Word of the Day: Blowhard – New York Times: Blowhard (n.): a very boastful and talkative person. The word blowhard has appeared in 15 Times articles over the past year, most recently in “In Iraq, Colbert Does His Shtick for the Troops” on June 7, 2009.
Second City 50th Anniversary
- Jim Belushi, Jack McBrayer, Alan Arkin, Martin Short, Betty Thomas, Rachel Dratch among Second City anniversary panelists – Chicago Tribune: The Second City, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in a star-studded weekend Dec. 11-13, has released the names and titles of some of the daytime panels that weekend featuring its prominent alumnae. Among the Saturday highlights: A session on “The Colbert Report” featuring writers Peter Grosz and Peter Gwinn and co-executive producer Tom Purcell. (Tickets are $25 per panel at 312-337-3992 or www.secondcity.com.)
Six Degrees: Glenn Eichler
- Olive Prods. sets up two TV projects – The Hollywood Reporter: Steve Buscemi, Stanley Tucci, and Wren Arthur, the trio behind Olive Prods., have set up their first TV projects: a drama at HBO starring Tucci and an animated comedy at TBS to be voiced by Tucci and Buscemi… “Good and Evel” is an animated comedy for TBS from “Daria” co-creator and “The Colbert Report” writer Glenn Eichler that revolves around twin brothers Jack Good and Bo Evel. Stolen by gypsy cab drivers at birth and taught how to behave and drive badly, Bo is a career petty criminal, and Jack bends over backward to mend his brother’s ways and help his dysfunctional family. (If I’m reading the article right, at this point it’s a script deal in the early stages of development, it’s not an actual series… yet. But we want to wish Glenn good luck with this project, and look forward to hearing more about it!)
- I mentioned in a previous zeitgeist that Psychology Today‘s Moral Landscapes blog was running a multi-part series on the psychology of truthiness. They’re continuing their exploration of the “Stephen Colbert” character with three more parts that discuss gut feelings and bunker morality.
American on Purpose
- My reading for this week was Craig Ferguson’s newly-released autobiography, American on Purpose, the story of his journey from working-class Glasgow to Hollywood and how he became an American along the way. It’s told with huge doses of honesty, and a great amount of humor, as you might expect from someone who has made a career of making people laugh. Imagine my surprise to get no further into the book than page 2 before I saw this reference to Stephen, which I repeat here just because I love Craig’s way with words. He’s talking about the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, at which he appeared in 2008 shortly after becoming an American citizen.
And there were other reasons why I too should have politely declined. First of all there was the event’s recent history. Two years before, Stephen Colbert had performed there and, depending on who you talk to, had either died the worst death ever seen by a comic in the history of comedy and death, or had delivered the most fearless piece of political satire this country has ever seen.
Another Colbert portrait
- 8 Rubik’s Cube Artworks: Rubik’s Cube art — dubbed Rubik Cubism by the French artist Invader — has become a form of art in which the squares of the popular ’80s puzzle are used similar to tiles in mosaic artworks. (The “Cubist” portrait of Stephen Colbert uses 768 Rubik’s Cubes, and took about two weeks and $800 to complete. You can see a larger version of the portrait here.)
(h/t DB and Jennie)